Ensco takes delivery of ultradeepwater semi

A subsidiary of Ensco International PLC has taken delivery of the third of seven ultradeepwater semisubmersible rigs being built for it by Keppel FELS Ltd., Singapore (OGJ, July 20, 2009, p. 43).

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 20
-- A subsidiary of Ensco International PLC has taken delivery of the third of seven ultradeepwater semisubmersible rigs being built for it by Keppel FELS Ltd., Singapore (OGJ, July 20, 2009, p. 43).

After sea trials and final outfitting in the Gulf of Mexico, the new rig, Ensco 8502, will begin drilling late in the second quarter under a 2-year contract with a subsidiary of Nexen Inc., which has the option to extend the term by 1-2 years.

Dan Rabun, Ensco chairman, president, and chief executive officer, said construction is on schedule for delivery of the fourth 8500-series semi later this year.

Rigs in the series can drill to 35,000 ft in 7,500 ft of water. Each has a hoisting capacity of 2 million lb and 8,000 tons of variable deck load. Each has an open layout to accommodate subsea completion work.

The rigs can be modified to drill and complete wells in 10,000 ft of water.

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